Best Value

Two online programs at Drury among best, most affordable in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 25, 2017 — Two of Drury University’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked among the 25 most affordable in the nation by AffordableColleges.com.

Drury University’s online Bachelor of Science in Human Services ranked 25th among such programs, while its online Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management ranked 21st.

The university’s online human services degree program, offered through the College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS), is for students interested in helping others through service and public outreach. Graduates work alongside social workers, detectives, doctors and other specialists at hospitals, clinics and community organizations. Many human services workers provide intervention for citizens with substance abuse problems or help victims of crime or violence. The program combines psychology and sociology courses in topics like social work and family therapy, and includes an optional leadership concentration. Students complete 36 hours in their major, with the remaining coursework in general education and electives.

“It’s gratifying to get external confirmation of the quality of our online program in human services,” said Dr. Vickie Luttrell, chair of behavioral sciences at Drury University. “It’s a great degree for students who are committed to improving the quality of life for those in need. Students majoring in human services often go on to become social and human service assistants, community services managers, and mental health counselors, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are employment areas that can be expected to grow in the immediate future.”

The university’s online health services management degree program, also offered through CCPS, is a degree completion program for professionals in health related fields, including registered nurses, physical therapy assistants and emergency medical services personnel. The degree is particularly appropriate for healthcare professionals who want to advance in their careers and already have appropriate licensures, clinical skills and in-service training. Students develop leadership, supervisory and administrative skills and complete 63 hours in their major, with the remaining coursework in general education and electives. Applicants can transfer credit hours.

AffordableColleges.com made particular note of Drury’s affordable online tuition rate and wealth of financial aid opportunities for CCPS students.

“Drury offers courses at a tuition rate of $299 per credit hour and makes a number of financial aid options available, including specific awards for students in a CCPS degree program,” AffordableColleges.com said.

The college rankings company, comprised of “a group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds who share the belief that colleges costs are out of control,” determines its rankings based on an 11-point “Value Score” algorithm. The algorithm is comprised of the following data points: tuition cost, number of students receiving financial aid, net price, loan default rate, enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate, student/faculty ratio, admissions rate, number of programs, and percentage of students taking at least one course online. The college rankings company uses the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to determine its rankings.

AffordableColleges.com said it uses its Value Score “to draw a distinction between the programs that appear cheap up-front and those that will pay off in the long run.”

About CCPS

The College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS) offers bachelor and associate degree programs primarily in the evening at Drury’s main campus in Springfield and at branch campuses in Ava, Cabool, Fort Leonard Wood/St. Robert, Lebanon, Monett, Rolla and West Plains. CCPS programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students with busy lifestyles that make traditional degree completion impractical. Online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs enhance the flexibility and quality of the educational experience. CCPS offers a number of undergraduate degrees and several graduate degrees that can be completed totally online.

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Media Contact: Greg Katski, Director of Marketing, CCPS: (417) 873-7317 or gkatski@drury.edu.

 

Drury once again recognized for value, excellence in U.S. News rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 12, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Drury University for providing outstanding value to its students, and named Drury among the top universities across the Midwest in its “Best Colleges 2018” publication released today.

Drury is ranked No. 8 on the U.S. News list for best value among Midwest regional universities. U.S. News joins other national publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Washington Monthly in recognizing the value of a Drury education for lifelong success.

More broadly, Drury was also named among the top schools in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned high marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and small class sizes. Nearly two-thirds of Drury’s classes have less than 20 students and 99 percent of classes have less than 50 students. U.S. News editors also singled out Drury as the kind of school where students who display “spirit, individuality and seriousness of purpose” are able to grow and thrive thanks to its engaging student life and rewarding academic atmosphere.

Additionally, Drury was listed as one of the Top 10 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (10 percent).

The listings continue a trend of excellence for Drury, which has been named to the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list every year for more than two decades.

(Please note: U.S. News creates separate lists for regional universities and regional colleges in some categories.)

The rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

“Those alumni who hold a Drury degree know first-hand the value of a Drury education, and the power this institution has to transform people into lifelong learners and community leaders,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “It’s gratifying to see others recognize that as well. This is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff and alumni.”

About the Rankings

U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Executive Director of University Relations: (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu.

Kiplinger’s again ranks Drury as one of America’s best value schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 19, 2017 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Drury University on its list of the nation’s best values in higher education.

Kiplinger’s annual list ranks the Top 100 schools in three categories: private universities, public universities and liberal arts colleges. This is the fourth year in a row Drury has made the private universities list, at No. 49. Drury is No. 153 on Kiplinger’s combined list of 300 schools.

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and in the current issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

“Year after year, objective researchers and publications tell the nation what Drury students, families and alumni already know: Drury provides an outstanding value to our graduates,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury.

Kiplinger’s assesses value using measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include admission rates, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include “sticker” price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is below the state, regional and national averages; and 97 percent of Drury students receive a portion of over $30 million in financial assistance each year.

Drury is consistently recognized for providing outstanding educational value for students and families. Drury was recognized as a Top 20 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 18) by U.S. News & World Report earlier this year, and Washington Monthly named Drury a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in its 2016 college guide.

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